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7. MEMORABLE QUOTES

In some cases, the circumstances around which these quotes occur will
be given so the reader can get the "full effect" of the moment.

"The entire world revolves around this wretched Alien." - H.R. Giger

_ALIEN_

< Kane starts choking, this starts the scene where the Alien bursts
  from his chest>
"What's the matter man, the food ain't THAT bad?!" - Parker

< Ripley asks how long it takes the ship to self destruct >
"If we ain't outta here in 10 minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly
 through space." - Parker

"You still don't know what you're dealing with do you?  Perfect
 organism.  Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility
 [...] I admire its purity, a survivor; unclouded by conscience,
 remorse or delusions of morality." - Ash

_ALIENS_

"They ain't payin' us enough for this." - Drake
"Not enough to wake up to your face." - Dietrich

"Hey, Hicks, you look just like I feel" -Drake

"Another glorious day in the Corps. A day in the Marine Corps is like
 a day on the farm; every meal a banquet, every paycheque a fortune,
 every formation a parade. I love the Corps!" - Apone

"Hey Sarge, you'll get lip cancer smokin' those..." - Hudson
 
Hudson: "Hey, Vasquez... Have you ever been mistaken for a man?"
Vasquez: "No, have you?"

Ripley: "Just stay away from me, Bishop!"
< Bishop offers some of his meal to her. Ripley hits a plate from
  Bishop hands >
Frost: "I guess she didn't like the corn bread either..."

Gorman: "Drake! Check your camera! There seems to be a malfunction."
< on which Drake hits the camera to the wall. >
Gorman: "That's better."

< After Gorman says, "Hicks, meet me at the south lock. We're coming
  in." >
[sarcastically] "He's coming in. I feel safer already." - Hudson

"Stop your grinnin' and drop your linnen..." - Hudson

< Gorman orders the troops to disarm all their weapons before the first
  alien encounter >
"What the hell are we supposed to use man, harsh language?" - Frost

<After Ripley tells of Burkes plans to take the organism back to Earth 
 and him sabotaging certain cryo chambers on the way home>
"I say we grease this rat fuck son of a bitch" - Hudson

< After Ripley rescues the remaining troops with the APC and suggests
  that they nuke the site from orbit, Burke tries to stop this plan >
"Hey maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just
 got our ASSES kicked pal!" - Hudson

< Ripley responds to Burke's reservations about nuking the alien-infested
  site >
"They can BILL me!" - Ripley

< After the first encounter with the aliens, the survivors are in the APC
  discussing their next move. >
"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit; it's the only way 
 to be sure." - Ripley

< When Ripley explains that Hicks is the "one in charge" (after the
  marines' first confrontation with the aliens >
 "He's just a grunt!  No offense..." - Burke
 "None taken." - Hicks
< After Ripley and Newt are attacked by the facehuggers, and they
  discover it was Burke's doing >
 "Allright, we waste him...  no offense." - Hicks

"How can they cut the power, they're ANIMALS, man!" - Hudson

< The dropship crashes >
"Well that's great, that's just fuckin' great man, now what the
 fuck are we supposed to do?  We're in some real pretty shit now
 man!" - Hudson
"Are you finished?" - Hicks
"That's it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we
 gonna do now?  What are we gonna do?" - Hudson
"Why don't we build a fire, sing a couple of songs! Why don't we
 try that?" - Burke

< Ripley tells the story of why Burke tried to impregnate her and
  Newt with alien eggs >
"I say we grease this rat-fuck son-of-a-bitch right now!" - Hudson
"You know Burke, I don't know which species is worse; you don't see
 them fucking each other over for a goddam percentage!" - Ripley

"Dear Lord Jesus, this can't be happenin' man, this isn't 
 happenin..." - Hudson

< Ripley tells Hudson that Newt managed to survive for a long time with
  no weapons and no training >
"Why don't you put HER in charge?!" - Hudson

< Hicks says that there won't be any rescue attempt made for another
  17 days >
"17 days?!  Hey man, I don't want to rain on your parade, but we're
 not gonna last 17 hours against those things!" - Hudson

< Bishop says "I'm afraid I have some bad news." >
"Well that's a switch." - Hudson

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid." - Bishop

"Get away from her you bitch!" - Ripley

_ALIEN^3_

"I am a raper and murderer of women!" - Dillon
"Then I must make you nervous..." - Ripley

< Ripley's looking for the alien >
"Don't be afraid, I'm part of the family!" - Ripley

< Talking to something she thinks is the alien >
"You've been in my life so long... I can't remember anything
 else...!" - Ripley

"Do we have the capacity to create fire? Most people have had that
 privilege since the stone age..." -Ripley

_ALIEN-RESURRECTION_

"I thought you were dead!" -Johnson
"I get that a lot lately." - Ripley

"What's inside me?" - Purvis

"Father's dead, asshole" - Call

<Call through the intercom of the Auriga>
"Human intruder on level one. All alien, please proceed to level one."

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8. TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

_ALIEN_

- The "blurb" on the back of the movie box is wrong.  "...the crew of
  a commercial spaceship make an unscheduled landing on a barren and
  desolate planet for engine repairs."  They did not land on the planet
  to make engine repairs, rather to investigate the distress beacon.

- In the opening scene the camera pans over interior of the 
  Nostromo's bridge and ends with a view on the visor of a helmet. 
  Then we see shots alternated between the helmet and the monitor 
  (readout on the monitor is reflected in the helmet's visor).  In 
  the first view on the monitor you can see the screen and some keys 
  on the console.  In the second view on the monitor, a plastic 
  coffee cup has appeared to the right of the monitor.
  UPDATE!
  This is not an error! After reviewing the movie several hundreds of
  times, it has been concluded that this was not an error. There is an
  explanation for this:
   In the opening shot of the bridge, we see two helmets lying on the
  bridge. The shot where alternating shots are what the TWO helmets
  'see' when TWO DIFFERENT monitors come to life. Watch the backgrounds
  of the helmets, and watch the monitors intensely: you will notice that
  we see first helmet one, and it's view (monitor one) then helmet two,
  and it's view too. Then, when the monitors come to life, the shots
  alternate between helmet one and it's view and helmet two and it's
  view.
   This can be considered as somewhat of an artistic view on a
  conversation between two subsystems of the hardware of Mother, the
  Nostromo.

- When Kane looks around down in the derelict ship, the camera pans
  around and we see the eggs from Kane's point of view. On the left,
  there is an egg which has some kind of 'box' behind it, assumingly
  left behind by someone of the props division. It's appearance is quite
  'human', not anything like the alien's interior.

- When the facehugger is cut and starts bleeding, Dallas and the rest of
  the crew run down and see a hole in the ceiling. It consists of two
  separate holes, with some 'bridge' inbetween. They go down one level
  more, and then there is a quick shot of everyone entering the deck,
  where we see the ceiling quite intact, just a little affected by the
  acid. Then we see Dallas poke into the hole with Brett's pen. This
  hole is _exactly_ the same one as one deck up: two holes separated
  by a 'bridge'.

_ALIENS_

- During the inquistion, Ripley cries out:
  "Kane... Kane said he saw thousands of eggs in there..."
  This cannot be. When Kane was lowered into the ship, we get to hear and see
  everything he says and does. He does not mention any amount of eggs. He 
  doesn't even call it eggs, he calls it leathery objects. Then he is attacked 
  and he slips into the coma. When he wakes up, he cannot remember anything 
  about the planet. So Ripley is making a statement about something she 
  could not possibly have heard from Kane. Perhaps she was confused with 
  something Dallas or Lambert said. (They could've gotten down too to get 
  Kane after he was attacked.)

- After the Sulaco arrives at LV-426, a computer screen displays the
  last names and first initials of each of the crew members.  Hudson
  isn't on the list.

- There seems to be a mysteriously self-reparing windshield as the 
  APC goes down the passage with the rescued marines.
  (not confirmed yet)

- Edited out of the Special Edition:
  When Ripley asks: "Where'd you want it?" (in the powerloader) 
  the bottom of the back-projection screen was visible. For the 
  special edition, Cameron must've re-scanned the film and clipped 
  it off.

- During the marines' initial confrontation with the aliens (while
  Ripley and Gorman are monitoring the situation from the APC), there is
  a scene where Ripley tells Gorman to pull his men out. The first time
  you see Ripley in this 20 second clip she is wearing a audio headset.
  The frame flicks to Gorman who looks unhappy, and flicks back to an
  irate Ripley with NO HEADSET. The scene flicks back to Gorman who
  loses his temper, and then back to Ripley who talks into the Headset
  which has reappeared. (Gorman subsequently knocks the headset off.)

- When Frost falls down the stairwell on fire, if you look closely at
  the last couple of frames before the camera angle changes you can see
  a boot come out from the bottom left corner.  It shows up quite nicely
  in front of the fire.  It looks to be more of a silhouette.  It is
  definitely not a character's boot, nor is it Frost's boot that may
  have popped off: it looks like someone is about to climb down to Frost,
  stepping over the fence on a lower deck.
  This is in both the theatrical and boxed set version.

- Adding up the estimated time that Bishop makes (for getting the drop
  ship down to the planet) gives a total of 180 minutes (3 hours),
  however the fusion reactor is not going to blow up for another 4
  hours.  Ripley says "It's going to be close..."  but they actually
  have a full hour to clear the base.  [not NECESARRILY a technical
  problem, but it could be]

- In the scene in the dropship where Ripley is preparing to rescue
  Newt; she's arming herself, there is an editing error.  Camera angle 1
  (close up of the weapons rack) Ripley grabs a flame thrower and then
  from angle 2 (close up of the table) she puts down a pulse rifle.
  Next she grabs a pulse rifle but puts down a flame unit.  This is in
  the theatrical version, but is corrected in the boxed set.

- When Bishop gets it from the mother alien, it is said that you can see
  the string pulling the stinger through the dummy.

- In the LD version of aliens, during those split-seconds the camera
  is NOT on the queen during the fight between Ripey and her, pay
  attention to Bishop.  In one shot, you can clearly see the hole that
  Lance Henriksen is standing in (to hide the other half of his body) to
  give the effect of being ripped in two. This is when he reaches out to
  grab Newt who is being sucked into the loading bay.

- In the battle scene between Ripley and the mother alien where Ripley
  is in the loader, we see the alien pull the loader into the airlock
  when Ripley tries to drop it.  The loader is turned upside down and
  the cone on top with the spinning yellow caution light is broken when
  it slams into the floor.  In the next scene, however, we see the
  loader lying on the floor of the airlock with the yellow cone still in
  one piece.  Also, the sharp end of the alien tails seems to be
  missing, as if it broke off, but the broken part isn't on the airlock
  floor.

- When the queen falls out of the Sulaco you can see the "matte hole"
  surrounding her in the outside shot. (It is not square as the ones in
  _STAR WARS_.) (This is only on apparent on TV/video/laserdisc.)

- The Pulse rifles are using "standard armor piercing explosive tip,
  caseless" [Gorman, Aliens] and yet when one is fired, you see shells
  flying out of it if you look carefully.


_ALIEN^3_

- Many instances where you can see the "outline" created by the blue
  screening technique.

- The "furnace" that Ripley falls into at the end is WAY off scale, it
  was just too big!

- The Cryo capsules seen in the escape pod in _ALIEN^3_ are the same
  design as those seen in _ALIEN_ which is a DIFFERENT design than the
  capsules seen in the Sulaco in _ALIENS_.

- The ship we see is a ship from Weyland Yutani. Why does a ship from Weyland
  Yutani follows and goes to the rescue of a military vessel? It seemed more
  logical to have a military ship coming in searching for the survivors of
  the military vessel Sulaco.

_ALIEN-RESURRECTION_

- In many scenes you can see quite good the aliens are added by CGI.

- The aliens swim very quickly but don't seem to move a muscle while doing
  it, but just sway their bodies a bit.

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9. TRIVIA

_ALIEN_

<Trivia about the making of Alien>

- H.R. Giger, the man who created the alien, was also hired to make up
  some scenery for Dune. This was not used, though.

- The facehugger was originally far more bigger than it turned out
  eventually. The first drafts of the facehugger showed it about
  one-and-a-half yards big, with a tail which made it up to (or over)
  three yards. It embrased the complety head of the victim, instead of
  just attaching to the front.

- The first alien Ridley Scott thought of having marching around in the
  picture, was a big man with a bunch of children strapped to him,
  wrapped up in rubber. This idea was thought over, but it gave too
  many problems. The second idea was a robot 'alien'. This idea was
  rejected because of safety reasons: there was no way of really being
  sure that no one would get hurt when the robot would've been armed
  (during a fight). Then the idea of a insect like alien was brought
  up. The alien we all know was derived from this idea.

- The first draws of the alien showed us an alien with eyes!

- Bolaji Badejo, the man who was in the alien suit, was just picked up
  from a bar by Ridley Scott. He was as big as Scott wanted the alien
  to be: two metres (6ft, 7in).

- There were two alien suits: one for the effect of a HUGE alien, 6ft
  7in, and one for the stuntman, Eddy Powell, 5ft 10in.

- Only due to problems with materials, the alien was _not_ transparent.
  Otherwise we would've been watching a transparent alien in the
  trilogy...

- Now a substantiated rumour:
  "None of the actors saw the alien before the shootings. This created a
   genuine reaction on film."
  For more information, see below: "Substantiated Rumour"

Other trivia

- H.R. Giger made an alien walking-stick handle. He took this to the
  Oscar Award ceremony.

- According to the _ALIEN_ box set, _ALIEN_ grossed $ 40,300,000.00

- The first half of the movie was based on original ideas and a script
  entitled "Memories" by Dan O'Bannon, the second half originated from
  the idea of gremlins on a B-17 bomber, transposed to a spaceship.
  [source: _ALIEN_ box set]

- Notice the similarity between the cocooned gremlins in the movie
  "Gremlins" and the alien's eggs/cocoon structure.  This similarity may
  have been due to the original 'gremlins on a B-17' concept for the
  latter half of _ALIEN_.  This aspect of _GREMLINS_ could've been 
  inspired by _ALIEN_.

- It has been suggested that _ALIEN_ is a rip-off from from an A.E.
  van Vogt short story entitled "Discord in Scarlet". Van Voght seems
  to have won a court suite about what appeared to be a rip-off of part
  of this famous novella. "Discord in Scarlet" is about a castaway
  alien who plants eggs in the bodies of humans.
  "Discord in Scarlet" was pasted into a composite novel called
  "Voyage of the space beagle".

- Dan O'Bannon, writer of _ALIEN_, played the role of Pinback in the 1974
  movie _DARK STAR_ (by John Carpenter).  In this movie, his character is
  hunting a not-very-lethal alien (basically a large red beach-ball) 
  aboard a space ship.  The filming of these scenes certainly served as 
  part of the inspiration for _ALIEN_.  (The movie is like a comical 
  version of _ALIEN_ in retrospect.)

- "Nostromo" (a novel by Joseph Conrad) pilots a ship hauling ore out
  of a turbulent South American country.

- The name of the shuttle "Narcissus" was taken from the Conrad novel
  "The Nigger of the Narcissus".  The plot revolves around a sailor who
  brings death on board with him.

- The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach (which then burst
  out) is similar to the life-cycle of the tsetse fly.

- The images that the computers display during the Nostromo's
  separation from the Mother ship (as well as some images (ie: the
  "Purge" message) used near the end where Ripley is setting up the
  escape pod to blast off) are re-used in _Blade Runner_ (also directed
  by Ridley Scott)

- Substantiated rumour:
  "Only John Hurt and the camera crew knew exactly what was going to
   happen during the chest-bursting scene.  The actors' only clue as to
   what was going to happen was from what they read in the script, so
   reactions are genuine."
  This rumour is not a rumour anymore! In "Giger's Alien" it says that
  this scene was shot three times. So everybody knew perfectly well 
  what they were getting into after the first shot. They had to 
  change their blood stained shirts every time after a shooting.
  Veronica Cartwright told in an interview, that they didn't know
  what was going to happen at all (the first time this scene was 
  shot!), only 'Kane' and the crew knew what was about to happen. 
  Sigourney Weaver also told us:
  "Well, I had seen the pictures but in fact when the Alien was born 
   -it was a very funny day. In fact Ridley wouldn't let any of us see 
   it. As I walked on the set I remember everyone was wearing 
   rain-coats which should have given me a hint that something 
   horrible was going to happen, and they never rehearsed it. John Hurt 
   started screaming and because he's such a good actor, all I could 
   think of was what's happening, not to John but Kane, and out of 
   nowhere."
  (from "An Interview With Sigourney Weaver" part 1, from The Alien 
   War Official Society Magazine, No. 1)

- In the scene from ALIEN where Dallas, Kane and Lambert are leaving
  the ship, the actual actors walking past the Nostromo's landing struts
  are 3 children (two of which were Ridley Scott's children) dressed in
  scaled down spacesuits. This has the effect of making the ship look
  even bigger.
  The same thing has been done with Dallas, Kane and Lambert in spacesuits
  walking near the Space Jockey, to make the creature look larger. This
  scene was also done with three children.

- Watch the scene where Kane gets attacked by the facehugger
  frame-by-frame.  You'll see (through Kane's eyes) the facehugger jump
  out of the egg, attach itself to his helmet, break through the glass
  shielding and stick out three tubes through the glass, poking around
  inside the helmet. This is only 21 frames long, and is quite easy to
  miss during this action scene.
 
- Watch the scene in which Brett get 'eaten' by the alien 
  frame-by-frame too. You can see the alien's 'inner mouth' punch 
  through the front of Brett's 'Nostromo' hat and retract and partially
  pulling out something red -- Brett's brain.  It is quite gruesome 
  actually.

- An over-turned ice cube tray is on the side of Ash's motion tracking
  device.

- A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley (!) was in the script, however
  was not filmed. [source: _ALIEN_ box set, "The Book of Alien"]
  This was supposedly to take place in a glass 'bubble' on top of the ship.
  During the intimicy, Kane was supposed to float by, dead, disturbing the
  love couple horridly.
  Not filming it, was only for the better, regarding the fact that in Aliens
  Ripley is told to be married, and having a daughter. Her husband's name is
  'McClarent', not Dallas, so if she had had sex with Dallas, she would've
  been an adulteress.

- The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a
  real human skull. [source: _ALIEN_ box set, "Giger's Alien"]

- Although it has nothing to do with _ALIEN_, Sigourney Weaver's real
  name is Susan Alexandra. [source: Who is Who in America, 47th Edition]

- A good deal of the music that Jerry Goldsmith wrote for Alien never
  made it into the movie.  Several tracks on the CD soundtrack don't
  appear in the film, and most of them that are in the movie apparently
  weren't used in the scenes they were written for, judging from track
  titles.  The movie uses some classical music, plus music from an
  earlier Jerry Goldsmith score entitled "Freud."  [refer to section [7], 
  MERCHANDISE for more soundtrack information]

- In Mel Brooks' Sci-Fi spoof "Space Balls" there is a scene near the end 
  where John Hurt (Kane) and a group of other actors made up to
  resemble the crew in _ALIEN_ are enjoying a drink at a space diner. 
  Hurt suddenly starts choking and a chestburster erupts from his chest.
  John Hurt (Kane) says "Oh no, not again".
  The creature then dawns a top hat and dances across the bar while
  singing "Hello my baby".

< the next two points are quoted from the Blade Runner FAQ with
  permission >

- Notice that both _Alien_ and BladeRunner have "artificial persons",
  and there is ambiguity as to who is/was a real human.  _Alien_ and BR
  are perfectly compatible, the only problem being that Ash should have
  been a replicant, as opposed to a robot.

- When Deckard enters his apartment at the end, the background hum is
  the same distinctive hum as in parts of _ALIEN_.

_ALIENS_

- Look closely at the readouts about the Nostromo crew in back
  of Ripley during the Inquest.  There is, if you look closely, 
  some interesting (and accurate) detail about the characters.
  (any information about this is appreciated)

- In the Special Edition, we get to see Ripley's daughter, Amanda
  McClarent Ripley, on a colour printout of a computer. The woman
  protrayed in this picture is in fact Sigourney Weaver's own
  mother Elizabeth Inglis. (from an interview with S. Weaver)

- James Cameron was offered, after Terminator, two film projects - 
  one was a futuristic version of Spartacus, the other was what 
  was then called Alien II.  He chose the latter.

- When, in the Sulaco, the Marines are being thawed out - look
  at the screen - nearly without exception, the names listed
  have as the character's first initial, the actor's first initial.

- Tip Tipping, who played Private T Crowe, was actually a stuntman
  and stunt coordinator.  He died about two years back in a tragic
  parachuting accident...

- Also there's a wonderful visual pun - when the Mother Alien
  "stings" Bishop,  "Queen takes Bishop!!"

- "Peace Through Superior Firepower" is written on Frost's T-shirt.

- "El Riesgo Siempre Vive." is written on Vasquez's chest plate armor.
  In Spanish, this literally means "the risk lives forever", and
  figuratively means (it's a saying) that taking risks is necessary to
  survive.

- Hudson's line, "Stop your grinnin' and drop your linnen" is a quote
  from an AC/DC song entitled "Shake a Leg".  [album: Back In Black] 

- British Aerospace was [secretly] contracted to design the weaponry
  and spacecraft for Aliens. The dropship is a composite of the cockpit
  from the Apache helicopter, and engine cowling from old British planes
  - also the Sulaco is based on the pulse rifle.

- "...It was [Jeanette] Goldstein's (Vasquez) outside that needed an
   overhaul, largely because blue eyes and Huck Finn-style freckles
   didn't quite fit the job description.  'The makeup took an HOUR,' she
   sighs.  'The makeup woman said I had the most ornery freckles she had
   ever seen.'...They also gave her dark contact lenses, and rather
   unceremoniously, whacked off most of her waist-length hair."  [from
  STARLOG #115, Feb.1987]

- "The introduction to the marines, [...], as they awoke from hyper
   space and gnawed on breakfast, was filmed at the production's end.
   That way, the cast had several months to get acquainted."  [from
   STARLOG #115, Feb.1987]

- "Loco" is written on the back of Vasquez's shirt.  [from STARLOG
  #115, Feb.1987]

- Goldstein : "'It's never mentioned in the film, but in the
   characters' background, she and Drake are recruited from juvenile
   prison, where they're under life sentences.
   'Therefore, they were different from the others, who were on a time
   limit.  Hudson was supposed to get out of the marines in four weeks,
   which is what made him flip.'
   That also explains the back of Hudson's vest, tailored by actor Bill
   Paxton to read, 'Contents under pressure.  Do not puncture.'"  [from
   STARLOG #115, Feb.1987]
   

- Ferro has "Fly the Friendly [Skies]" written on her helmet. You can't
  read the last word, as it's covered, but presumably she is making a
  joke with the United Airlines motto.

- On the side of the first drop ship is an insignia of an eagle with
  big sneakers on, sort of completing a jump. Just above this is the
  text "Bug Stompers" and just below is "We endanger species".

- The second drop ship is called "Smart Ass" and just below is "We aim
  by P.F.M." (ie: Pure Fucking Magic)

- "Adios" is painted on Vasquez's smart gun.

- The smart guns used by Drake and Vasquez are mounted on them via set
  of hydraulic arms. These arms take most of the load of the guns and
  keep them stable. Virtually the same technology is used by camera men
  on outside broadcasts, where they are used to keep the cameras steady.
  The hydraulics absorb most of the energy created by a camera man
  running down the road leaving a very steady picture.

- An ammunition clip for the M41-A pulse rifle holds 95 rounds.
  Comment:
   Looking at the size of the magazines being loaded into the pulse rifles,
  this may not be possible, unless the mags have 3 rows, which is unlikely
  looking at their width. If the rounds are each 10mm in diameter, a
  staggered magazine (like those found in most modern military weapons)
  including the spring or some similar feed mechanism would be about 90cm
  long! Even a triple stacked mag would be 35cm and it would present a few
  engineering challenges concerning the feed mechanism.

- The mechanism used to make the facehuggers thrash about in the
  stasis tubes in the science lab came from one of the "flying piranhas"
  in one of James Cameron's earlier movies: Piranha II - The Spawning.
  It took 9 people to make the face hugger work, one person for each leg
  and someone for the tail.

- Hicks was originally played by actor James Remar, but Michael Biehn
  replaced him a few days after principal photography began, due to
  "artistic differences" between Remar and Cameron.

- Partly as a joke and partly to leave the ending open for subsequent
  sequels, James Cameron added the sound of an egg opening/face hugger
  scuttling about at the end of the film credits.  (different sounds
  were appended to different versions of the movie)

- "She thought they said 'illegal aliens' and signed up..." - Hudson
  This quote (directed towards Vasquez) was an "inside joke" to the
  actors of the movie.  (quoted without permission from an interview
  with Jeanette Goldstein [Vasquez] that appeared in STARLOG magazine)

   ''...she answered an ad for a film role in the local trades.  It
     read simply, "Genuine American actors, British Equity, for
     feature film, ALIENS, 20th Century Fox," she relates, over lunch
     near the old homestead in Beverly Hills.
        "I had seen ALIEN, but I had NO idea this was a sequel.
     It had been so long ago, it didn't even occur to me.
        "I thought it was about actual aliens, you know,
     immigrants to a country.  I was wondering why they wanted
     Americans.  I figured the movie was about lots of different
     immigrants to England."
        Since she didn't have an agent at the time, she answered
     the ad on her own, with rather surprising results.  "I actually
     came in wearing high heels and lots of makeup, and I had
     waist-length hair," she says.
        Other auditioners, who had advance notice from THEIR
     agents, were decked out in military fatigues --- Goldstein's
     first inkling she would be reading for the role of a marine...''

- One track of music from Goldsmith's CD for _ALIEN_ appears near the
  end of _ALIENS_, during one of the big scenes of the Queen stomping
  around the colony.  Even though this music was used in _ALIENS_,
  Goldsmith's name was not mentioned in the closing credits.
 
- Ripley's shoes are Reebok sneakers. You can see this when she's driving 
  one of the cargo loaders.

- In Aliens, Bishop said Ash was one of the Hyberdyne Systems 120-A/2.
  In the first draft of the script, the name 'Cyberdyne' was used.
  Terminators are from Cyber Dynamics, also called 'CyberDyne'. Maybe
  James Cameron threw in a little connection between the two.

- Adrian Biddle, the cinematographer for Aliens, has had a longtime
  collaboration with Ridley Scott.  Apparently, Biddle was not
  the original cinematographer.  In Alien3, Jordan Cronenweth was 
  slated to the the cinematographer, but poor health forced him to 
  turn the task over to Alex Thomson. Biddle had already worked on
  _ALIEN_, although only as a focus puller.

-  To get an idea of the wonderful attention to detail that was paid
  in the Alien films, freeze when Hicks is programming the Sentry guns.
  The screen depicts exactly what such a futuristic weapon would have 
  -interrogation modes, choices of "soft, hard, semi-hard" targets, and
   IFF options - which means "Identification, Friend or Foe."

- The actor who played Newt's brother Timmy was (is) her brother in real
  life too, judging from his name.

- Hudson's "game over MAN" was used as a sample when you died in the game
  Test Drive II by Electronic Arts.  At least in the Amiga version.

- The Powerloaders were supposed to have been built by Caterpillar
  Tractor. If you look at the scene in Aliens where they're using the
  Powerloaders to load the ammo, you'll notice a very brief view of the
  Cat logo in one of the closeup shots. It's only a few frames long, so
  it's easy to miss. It's probably one of those  corporate promos that
  Hollywood likes to use to add authenticity.

- Though Ash and Bishop are considered to be androids, this is not the
  case. They both are robots. This can be deducted from the
  observation that their heads can operate seperately from their
  bodies. This cannot be the case with androids. Androids and
  cyborgs are essential holistic systems: the head wouldn't
  function on it's own. The fact that bits of both Ash and Bishop
  can be re-activated suggests that they are robots, not androids. 


_ALIEN^3_

There were at least 12 "scripts" for _ALIEN^3_ (derived from the May
1992 issue of PREMIERE) :
	
1. William Gibson wrote his based on a brief treatment given to him by
   Walter Hill, David Giler and Gordon Carroll.  It was set in a Soviet
   space station ("It was sort of like a Cold War in space, with genetic
   manipulation of the alien replacing nuclear war," says Gibson).  The
   1987 writers strike interrupted the process, so Gibson went back to
   work on a novel.  "Only one detail survived. 'In my draft, this woman
   has a bar code on the back of her hand,' he says.  'In the shooting
   script, one of the guys has a shaved head and a bar code on the back
   of his head.  I'll always privately think that was my piece of
   ALIEN^3.'"

2. Eric Red was hired for a "five-week" job to convince Fox to dole
   out more development money.  He collaborated with Renny Harlin.
   According to Red, "HE came up with the gene-splicing idea.  'In the
   third film, you needed a new alien.  I suggested doing genetic
   experiments on the alien.'  Red says that Hill and Giler were
   disorganized and irresponsible.  'They had no story or treatment or
   any real plan for the picture,' he says.  Hill and Giler say the
   problem was Red's script; when Harlin read it, he quit the project."

3 - 4. David Twohy had a draft set in a penal colony in space without
   Ripley in it (since Hill and Giler planned to bring her back in the
   fourth film).  But Joe Roth (head of Fox) insisted that he wouldn't
   make the film without Weaver.  Twohy had just started to write Ripley
   into the script, when "one of the most transparent bits of studio
   treachery I've ever heard of" took place.  At the same time Twohy was
   working, Fox hired Vincent Ward to collaborate with John Fasano to
   develop the script involving a community of monks (remember the seven
   dwarfs?).  When a Los Angeles Times reporter called Twohy about
   "competing drafts of Alien^3", Twohy dumped the script and went off to
   do his own film.  Fox insisted that Ward's script was for Alien 4.

   Twohy: The old adage is true: Hollywood pays its writers well
   but treats them like shit to make up for it.

5 - 9. Greg Pruss was hired next to rewrite Fasano's script (he had to
   leave to cowrite ANOTHER 48 HRS).  Pruss did "five arduous drafts".
   Everyone moved to London where the crew was already beginning to
   design and build sets even as the script was being written.  But the
   studio began having trouble with Ward, "who was less interested in
   Ripley or the alien than in his monks.  'The movie's called ALIEN
   because it's about the alien,' says Pruss.  'I couldn't get that
   across to Vincent.'"

10. Pruss quit and Ward was fired.  Once David Fincher signed on as
    director, Fox hired Larry Ferguson(Beverly Hills Cop II) to do a
    "four-week emergency rewrite."  Ferguson continued more or less with
    Ward's ideas and hence, the horrible idea with the seven dwarfs and
    Ripley as Wendy.  Weaver and Fincher hated the script and the movie
    "almost fell apart".

11. Hill and Giler were paid to do another emergency rewrite.  They
    moved the story back to Twohy's prison and the religious element
    evolved into what exists in the final draft.  The studio and Weaver
    liked the script but Fincher had a few reservations.

12. After much bureaucratic bickering over the budget and schedule
    plus the firing of key participants, Rex Pickett was hired to
    collaborate with Fincher for yet another rewrite.  This occurred when
    Hill and Giler were going on vacation.  "It all blew up when Pickett
    wrote a memo salvaging Hill and Giler's script."

- Prior to its release, _PREDATOR II_ came out in the theaters (which
  had an almost identical story to the original idea for _ALIEN^3_) near
  the end of _PREDATOR II_ we see a trophy case of different skulls, one
  of which is the skull of an alien.

- Boss Film campaigned hard to win the effects job for Alien3, 
  which is surprising - usually when you beg for a contract, you do a 
  damn good job. They did all of the miniatures, space scenes, and 
  even created a way of superimposing a computer-generated alien 
  into the film.  This is most visible when after killing Clemens the 
  creature scurries after Ripley, straightens itself out, and then (in
  close-up next to her face) we see the subtle change in the
  texture of the creature, that tips us off to the transition from
  CGI to latex model.


- The commandoes that search the Fury-161 complex are armed with
  pulse rifles, yet they sound different when fired.
 
- In Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Alien3, the "rescue" ship that
  Bishop II arrived in was called the Patna, From the novel Lord Jim
  by Joseph Conrad.

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10. PLOT PROBLEMS AND LOOPHOLES

This section contains plot problems that are SO BIG that there is no
plausible explanation for it.  If a good theory comes along, the point
will be moved to section [11] frequently asked questions (at my
discretion of course).

_ALIENS_

- What infantry platoon in its right mind would enter an enclosed
  space carrying flamethrowers?

- Several times we see aliens spewing acid that does not seem to
  damage the "sets" (or at least doesn't damage the "sets" as severely
  as the few drops that eat through 3 layers of the Nostromo in _ALIEN_)
  This is MOST evident in the air-duct chase scene.

_ALIEN^3_

- How did the eggs get on the Sulaco?  (refer to section [13])

- Why is the escape capsule so poorly designed?  It gets ejected and
  then FALLS to the nearest planet.  Hicks is killed when a SAFETY beam
  impales him.

- How could Ripley hold on to the chestburster AFTER it tore through
  her chest?

_ALIEN-RESURRECTION_

- How is it possible that Ripley knows so much of the true Ripley? Cloning a
  person does not mean cloning their memory, which is virtually impossible.

- Where do the eggs come from if the Queen Alien can reproduce only by
  giving birth through a womb?

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11. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This section has been extended to allow for theoretical answers, the
responses that aren't based on solid facts (yet provide a plausible
answer) start with "[possibly]".  If you believe you have a better
explanation, don't hesitate to say so.  Any questions that seem to
have more than one plausible answer will appear in section [13]
frequently discussed topics.

_ALIEN_

Q: Is there a fan club I can join?
A: Depending on when you read this FAQ, these clubs may have dissolved:
    The British Aliens Fan Club             The Dropship
    PO Box 11                               19 Compton Crescent
    Liskeard, Cornwall                      Northolt, Middx
    PL14 6YL                                UB5 5LS
    England                                 England

Q: What is the "Narcissus" ?
A: The Narcissus is the name of the shuttle Ripley uses to escape from
   the Nostromo.

Q: Who is the "Space Jockey"?
A: This is the name given (by the technical staff) to the remains of
   the creature found on the derelict space craft.

Q: What is written on Brett's cap?
A: USCSS NOSTROMO 180286

Q: Why is there a "self-destruct button" on the Nostromo?
A: This question refers to the control panel (labeled "Emergency
   Destruct System") that Ripley uses to cause the destruction of the
   Nostromo.  [possibly] the "emergency destruct system" exists to
   protect company secrets in case the Nostromo is hijacked by a
   competator.  (this would be a similar principle to espionage: when an
   enemy spy gets caught, he takes poison to kill himself so he cannot be
   tortured into giving away secrets).  Or, a 20 million ton ship flying
   through space at very high speed tends to become a great danger when
   it gets off course by some malfunctions. If it's on collision course
   to some space station or colony, and there is no possibility of
   redirecting or stopping it, it would be very reasonable to put it on
   self-destruct and get away with the small shuttle.

Q: The crew is awakened early out of their hypersleep to explore the
   planet from which the beacon is being transmitted, HOW early are they
   awakened?
A: 10 months as indicated by Lambert (after the shuttle returns to the
   Nostromo)

Q: Did the entire crew go down to the surface of LV-426?
A: Yes.  The Nostromo is a towing device for the 20,000,000 tons of
   ore.  The entire crew went down to the planet's surface in the
   Nostromo (which detached itself from the cargo it was towing).

Q: After the Nostromo blew up, and Ripley discovers that the alien is
   on board the escape capsule, why does the alien take SO long to attack
   her?
A: [possibly] the alien was coming to the end of its life cycle, when
   Ripley happened to disturb it.  It was slow to attack because it was
   dying.  This theory is supported by an older version of the _ALIEN_
   script where Ash reveals that the alien had made a nest and ensured
   the continutation of its species (cocooned Dallas and transformed
   Brett into an egg) at which time the alien itself would approach the
   end of its lifecycle; curl up and die.

Q: Does the alien have eyes?  How does it see?
A: No.  The alien was designed (by H.R. Giger) to "see" entirely by
   instinct.  The chase scene in _ALIEN^3_ would appear to contradict
   this as it shows the chase through (what would appear to be) the
   alien's eyes.  However, it is likely that this cinematic technique was
   used to show the chase, not through the aliens eyes, but through its
   "perception".  (it is also likely that this alien, being so different
   from the ones we've already seen, has some kind of eyes)

Q: How could I get a longer version of _ALIEN_ ?
A: Easy.  You'll need a laserdisc player with frame advance, a 4-head
   VCR with frame advance (frame advance allows for nice editing), the
   _ALIEN_ box set (on laser disc of course) and a 160 min tape (130 min
   would work too).  Now, all you need is to know where the "extra"
   scenes (on the 3rd disk) can be re-added into the movie:
   - Kane prepares breakfast - don't bother, there's a fade between the
     hypersleep chamber and the breakfast scene... this is where you'd
     place the scene, but the fade makes it impossible to do a good job.
   - Crew listens to alien transmission - right after Parker agrees to going
     down to the planet's surface, and right before the shot of the ship 
     approaching the planet.
   - Lambert confronts Ripley - some of the scene already exists, just cut
     THAT part out, and replace it with the longer scene.
   - After the acid - add this scene right after Dallas tells Brett to get
     back to work, and right before the scene where Parker and Brett are 
     repairing the ship.
   - Ripley radios Parker - Add this right after the "post-acid" scene.
     Place it right before the scene where Parker and Brett are repairing
     the ship.
   - Discussion of what to do (after Kane's death) - originally, this scene
     was right before Kane's funeral, but it makes alot more sense to put
     it in immediately AFTER Kane's funeral.
   - Brett's death - difficult to place, you have to replace some of the 
     film, all you miss out on is a few cuts back to Jones.  (if you're
     really skilled, you can re-integrate them).  Put it right before the
     scene where Parker is drinking coffee.  [WARNING: the suspense
     building heart-beat sound in the background is not present in the
     extended death scene]
   - Alien in the airlock - don't bother with these two scenes, they don't
     fit in the movie very well.
   - Ripley talks to Lambert - add it as Ash walks out of the room (after
     Dallas's death).  But before Ripley looks at Lambert (you'll have to 
     cut that bit out.)
   - Lambert's death - too bad, there's no sound, don't add it in.
   - Cocoon scene - originally, it was after Ripley started running for the
     shuttle (no wonder it created a pacing problem).  If you add it in
     after she discovers Parker and Lambert's bodies, but before she starts
     running, then it doesn't affect the pacing.
   That's it.  The movie is now about 2 hrs and 8 minutes long.

Q: I recall seeing extra scenes in the movie when I saw it in the
   theaters, am I imagining things?
A: Probably.  However, during December 1978 a rough cut of _ALIEN_ was
   screened in London, England (it was 2 hours & 45 minutes long) and
   it included ALL of the completed "cut" scenes (as described earlier
   in the FAQ).

Q: When the crew first sets out to search the ship for the alien:
   * Ash has made a "detection" units (motion tracker)
   * Ripley asks "how do they work?"
   * Ash VERY hesitantly replies "micro changes in air density"
   * when searching, Ripley detects something on the OTHER side of an
     airtight door (after all, they ARE in a spaceship) which turns out
     to be Jones.
   * Ripley makes the comment "micro changes in air density my ass"
   This point never gets raised again in the film, what is its significance?
A: [possibly] Ash's hesitation in explaining the operation of the motion
   detector was because the "real" mechanism would be difficult to
   explain and he was assuming that she wouldn't understand him anyway...
   so he pauses before he finds the words to form an "adequate" but not
   very detailed description.  The tone of Ash's voice in response to
   Ripley's question was somewhat condescending.
   Ripley's later comment, "micro changes in air density, my ass" was
   a foreshadow to show that Ash was hiding something and that she was 
   onto him (cf: she realizes that he didn't give the full explanation of
   the motion tracker's operating mechanism)
   Taking into account that Ash knew what he was going into, he could easily
   have thought about the possibility that the creature could escape and hide
   on the ship. Therefore, he could've "invented" this device long before they
   needed it.

Q: How come Ripley managed to survive in the shuttle without the coolant
   that Lambert and Parker were collecting?
A: [possibly] since there was only one hypersleep chamber in the shuttle, 
   Lambert, Parker and Ripley would have to stay concious while waiting to
   be rescued.  Since Ripley was the only survivor, she went into
   hypersleep and didn't need the coolant due to her hybernation.

Q: When the remaining crew discusses Brett's death, what does Ash say?
A: It is uncertain, but it could sound like two different things:
     1. "Kane's son..."
     2. "Gained some..."
   He refers to the alien creature, which they saw leaving chestburster-size,
   and kill Kane as a eight-foot creature. Both explanaitions are possible.
   In a spanish subtitling version of Alien, the subtitling translates it as
   option 1. In a Dutch version, it translates as option 2. The alien script
   also states that Ash should say option 2.
   

_ALIENS_

Q: What does "Sulaco" mean?  
A: "Sulaco" was the town in which most of Joseph Conrad's book entitled
   "Nostromo" took place.

Q: Is LV-426 also called "Acheron" ?
A: There doesn't seem to be any evidence of this in the movie, the
   name was given to the planet in older drafts of the script, the Alan
   Dean Foster novelization, the movie-comic as well as the RPG.

Q: What IS the name of the company?
A: The Weyland-Yutani Corporation.  It can be seen, mirror-reversed,
   on a blast shield after the discussion of the atmosphere processor
   blowing up.  It appears as "Weylan-Yutani" on all beer cans in _ALIEN_
   but is too small.  In _ALIEN^3_ it is written on a computer screen in
   an extreme close-up near the end.  In the director's cut of _ALIENS_,
   during the additional footage of the colony (prior to the alien
   infestation) we see a logo of the company which reads:

                       Weyland-Yutani
                    __  __       __  __
                    \ \ \ \ ___ / / / /
                     \ \ \ / _ \ / / /
                      \ \_/ / \ \_/ /
                       \___/|_|\___/

                    Building Better Worlds

  Also, a very good shot of the logo can be seen in the director's cut,
  when Simpson and Lydecker yell at the playing kids, immediately before
  the cut to the Jordan family discovering the derelict ship.
  The Weyland-Yutani logo also has some chinese (japanese?) characters 
  below them. These cannot be viewed well (at all) in the movies. Alien 
  War in London has worked out this logo. Merchandising also has these
  signs on them. The symbols are pronounced "Weyland Yutani 
  kabushiki-kaisha" and mean "Weyland Yutani joint-stock corporation"  

Q: What is the name of the colony?
A: Hadley's Hope (as revealed in the director's cut of _ALIENS_)

Q: Why don't the colonists on LV-426 pick up the derelict SOS?
A: In a cut scene from ALIENS, the derelict ship has been damaged by
   volcanic activity and, as a result, the beacon was rendered
   inoperable.  [James Cameron, STARLOG #125, DEC 1987]

Q: How did the colony get infected?
A: In my [James Cameron] version of the Alien life cycle, the infestation
   of the colony would proceed like this :
   1. Russ Jorden attacked, they radio for rescue.
   2. Rescue party investigates ship...several members facehuggered...
      brought back to base for treatment.
   3. Several "chestbursters" free themselves from hosts, escape into
      ducting, begin to grow.
   4. Extrapolating from entomology (ants, termites, etc.), an 
      immature female, one of the first to emerge from hosts, grows to
      become a new queen, while males become drones or warriors.  
      Subsequent female larvae remain dormant or are killed by males...
      or biochemically sense that a queen exists and change into males
      to limit waste.  The Queen locates a nesting spot (the warmth
      of the atmosphere station heat exchanger level being perfect for
      egg incubation) and becomes sedentary.  She is then tended by 
      the males as her abdomen swells into a distended egg sac.  The
      drones and warriors also secrete a resinous building material to
      line the structure, creating niches in which they may lie dormant
      when food supplies and/or hosts for further reproduction become
      depleted (i.e. when all the colonists are used up).  They are
      discovered in this condition by the troopers, but quickly emerge
      when new hosts present themselves.
   [STARLOG #125, DEC 1987]

Q: Is Ferro's first name "Mira" ?
A: No, according to the on-board computer on the Sulaco, Ferro's first
   name starts with a "C".  The confusion with her name is caused by
   Vasquez when she says (to Ferro): [...hey mira, who's Snow White?]
   However, in Spanish (Vasquez is Mexican), "mira" means "look", so
   Vasquez is actually saying, "hey look, who's Snow White?".

Q: How many colonists are there?
A: There were 158 colonists on LV-426 [...you were responsible for the
   deaths of 157 colonists...  Ripley (Aliens)] plus Newt.  This number
   is also visible on a sign that was on-screen during the scene where
   Newt's parents are going out to the derelict craft (director's cut
   only).

Q: How many aliens where on LV-426 when the marines arrived?
A: [possibly] around 156.  (Newt was still alive and at least one of
   the other colonists hadn't been chest-busted yet) There has been some
   suggestions that the colonists had livestock that the aliens could've
   infected as well (raising the number of aliens to an indeterminant
   amount) however there is no evidence of livestock anywhere in the
   movie; furthermore, the planet does not seem to be a habitat in which
   live stock could survive (there was no vegetation on the planet).
 
Q: Why did Ripley risk life and limb to save Newt, but didn't give a
   second thought to Dietrich and Apone?
A: In the theatrical version of the movie, it can be said that Ripley
   knew exactly where Newt was because of the locater band she was
   wearing, thus making rescue of Newt plausible.
   A better reason exists, however it was cut from the theatrical
   release; the scene where Ripley discovers that her daughter has died
   (refer to section [5] on cut scenes) reveals to us that her daughter
   was relatively the same age as Newt the last time Ripley was with her.
   We can see the parallels between Newt and the daughter that Ripley
   had lost.

Q: How can Ripley hang on during violent vacuum decompression while the
   much stronger alien queen can't?!
A: [possibly] Ripley had her arm wrapped around a step in the ladder where
   as the queen only had a finger-hold on Ripley's boot, when Ripley's boot
   slipped off her foot, the queen had nothing else to hold onto.  (this
   assumes that the vacuum isn't SO violent that it would rip her arm 
   off)

Q: Why does Ripley attempt to climb out of the pit after the queen has
   been "vacuumed" out of the Sulaco?  Why doesn't she just close the
   doors?
A: [possibly] Ripley thought that the lower door in the pit would be
   damaged with the acidic blood of the queen alien, so she had to close
   the top doors in order to seal up the breech.  (this explanation is
   from the novelization)

Q: Why doesn't anyone stay on board the Sulaco?
A: [possibly] the Sulaco is so automated that it would be unnecessary.
   If another dropship was required, the station on LV-426 was equipped
   to remote-pilot it down.  (however, they had no idea that the
   equipment had been ruined by the aliens)

Q: How has Newt survived all this time?  The aliens seem to have no
   problem getting around in the air ducts?
A: She can crawl through the air ducts that the aliens can't fit into.
   This, combined with her knowing the air ducts so well, could keep her
   out of the aliens' grasp (perhaps the aliens knew about her, but just
   couldn't catch her).  In the director's cut, Newt boasts to her
   brother that the reason she wins their version of "hide-and-seek" is
   because she can get into all those tiny crooks and crannies where no
   one can reach her.

Q: How does the queen know how to use an elevator, and how does she
   know what floor to get off at?
A: The elevator returns automatically to the level of the platform
   Ripley got off at.  When she leaves the elevator (to find Newt) you
   see it returning up.  She comes back (with Newt) and calls both
   elevators.  Ripley takes the first one that arrives and it starts
   going up.  The queen gets in the second elevator and it automatically
   goes up.

Q: Are those power-loaders real?
A: Based on the Collectors Version of Aliens on Laserdisc, which comes
   with a disk that shows some of the secrets of the making of the movie,
   the loader is part real, part fake.  The actual loader is real, but
   has an external power supply.  Since the loader is extremely heavy, it
   is supported by cables which are masked out for the final print.
   A power loader was on display at the Boston Museum of Science as
   part of a special effects exhibit.  This power loader was worked by a
   person inside, behind and below the actor, that is with their legs down
   in the power-loader's legs and their torso in the power-loader's back.
   Different constructs of the power loader were used depending on the
   action it had to perform in front of the camera.

_ALIEN^3_

Q: Why did it take so long for the chestburster to come out of Ripley?
   It only took a few hours for it to come out of Kane in _ALIEN_.  Even
   though Ripley was carrying a queen, the chestburster itself was STILL
   the same size as the one that came out of Kane.
A: [possibly] Taking into account the parallels between the aliens and
   an insect colony, two Alien hives will be in competition if they are
   close to each other.  Therefore the incubation period of queens is
   higher to enable the unsuspecting host to move further from the
   original hive.

Q: Why is that bloody autopsy necessary?
   As we see later in the movie,
   that nice diagnostic scanner in the EEV's cryo-tube is still working
   quite fine (and Ripley knows about it). The autopsy is obviously very
   unpleasant for her, so it is hard to see why she didn't figure out the
   easier way?
A: [Possibly] The diagnostic machine works on the EM radiation emitted by
   the human body and since Newt was dead and did not emit any radiation, 
   the scanner wouldn't have worked.  

Q: What is the "dreaded" seven-dwarf concept for the _ALIEN^3_ script?
A: One of the earlier stages of the _ALIEN^3_ script received alot of
   heat:

   ''...Back in New York, [Walter] Hill saw "The Navigator : An Odyssey
     Across Time", a stunning but esoteric art film by an obscure New
     Zealand director named Vincent Ward.  But Ward said he didn't like
     [David] Twohy's script.  No problem, said Fox.  "So I hopped on an
     airplane," says Ward," and during the flight, I had an idea that was
     totally different: Sigourney would land in a community of monks in
     outer space and not be accepted by them."  The monks would live on a
     wooden planet that looked like something out of Hieronymus Bosch, with
     furnaces and windmills -- and no weapons...
     FINCHER : In the draft Larry [Ferguson, Beverly Hills Cop II] was
     writing, she [Ripley] was going to be this woman who had fallen from
     the stars.  In the end, she dies, and there are seven of the monks
     left --- seven dwarfs. 

     Q : You're kidding?

     FINCHER : Seriously.  I swear to God.  She was like...what's her name
     in Peter Pan?  She was like Wendy.  And she would make up these
     stories.  And in the end, there were these seven dwarfs left, and
     there was this fucking tube they put her in, and they were waiting for
     Prince Charming to come wake her up.  So that was one of the endings
     we had for this movie.  You can imagine what Joe Roth said when he
     heard this.  "What?!  What are they doing over there?!  What the fuck
     is going on?!" ''    [PREMIERE magazine, May '92]
     
Q: How did the face-huggers get on the Sulaco?
A: The truly factual answer is that the audience wasn't supposed to
   question it.  Use your imagination.  (several theories exist, some of
   which are stated in section [13] frequently discussed topics)

Q: Did the little face-hugger critter actually do so much damage to
   the Sulaco that the ship decided to EJECT the hypersleep capsules?
A: Shown at the start of the movie was a face hugger jumping on a
   cryo-tube, cracking the glass and dripping some acid on the floor.
   The acid manages to eat its way into the electrical system and cause a
   fire.  The Sulaco then ejected the hypersleep capsules (probably
   because it couldn't put out the fire).

Q: I remember seeing a trailer for _ALIEN^3_ that was really different
   than the movie?
A: This is true.  Quite awhile before _ALIEN^3_ was finally released,
   there was a "coming soon" trailer shown in several theaters.  This
   trailer indicated that some aliens made it to Earth and there was
   going to be a massive encounter.  Later on, the writers ditched the
   movie idea upon release of Predator II (due to the similarity in plot)
   and decided to find a new story for _ALIEN^3_.

Q: There's a prison planet: is anyone really going to spend money on
   hideously expensive space travel in order to send these guys to some
   far-off solar system?
A: [possibly] Historically, extremely dangerous and/or
   subversive-to-the- government criminals have been shipped off (at
   great expense) to a new location quite often.  England regularly
   shipped off prisoners to one of the American colonies [Georgia?  South
   Carolina?] which was a designated prison colony, as well as Australia
   -- a prison *continent*.  The progression of the Western legal system
   has been to appeal numerous times (at great expense) to avoid death
   penalties.  The Company in the Alien series is a reasonable outgrowth
   from the rest of Western business, why not the legal system, too?
   They avoid the massive cost of incarceration and court and lawyer fees
   from appeals by not having a death penalty, but shipping the prisoners
   off to a "prison".


_ALIEN-VS-PREDATOR_

Q: Is there an Alien vs Predator script, and if so, will it be filmed?
A: Yes, there is a script written by Peter Briggs called 'Alien vs Predator'.
   It is fairly certain though, that it will never be filmed at all. There is
   too much bureaucracy involved to make this project worthwhile. Also, the
   money necessary for this project is very hard to obtain because of numerous
   copyrights and companies involved.


_OTHER_

Q: Can aliens stay alive in space?
A: Probably not. It is possible to stay alive for a few moments for humans,
   so aliens (with their exo-skeleton) have a prolongued protection against
   the void. We can see in ALIEN that the alien which is thrown out of the
   Narcissus stays alive. It hooks it's tail onto the outlet of the thruster
   and climbs inside. Ripley sees this, and then hits the ignition. So they
   are able to sustain themselves in space for a few moments, but wether life
   itself is possible seems unlikely.

Q: Where can I get Gibson's _ALIEN^3_ script?
A1: There is a long and a short version. The short version is included in 
    this FAQ. The long version will be online sometime in the future or can
    probably be downloaded from the net. Beware: this script is most
    probably NOT from William Gibson himself! A friend of his has asked him
    about it and he was quite cross that his name was tied to this script.
A2: This may not be valid depending on the age of the FAQ:
   - You can buy one from the Pix Poster Cellar in Cambridge, Mass. 
   - Their phone number is (617) 864-7499
   - They take orders over the phone and they do accept plastic
   - The price is 15.00 U.S. for an unbound copy

Q: What is "ALIEN WAR" ?
A: Alien War is a walk through ride, found at the Trocodera in London. It
   is set on the alien theme. The plot is that a party of 12 is being given a
   tour through a medlab research establishment where they are breeding and
   studying aliens. A marine has been assigned to guide you through. Once in
   the waiting chamber, the sirens go off and your guide comes in and explains
   that due to an accident the aliens have escaped. Next he explains that he
   is going to lead the party to safety. So off everybody sets thru these dark
   corridors, all being told to huddle against walls etc. Along the way
   various things can happen, which will not be stated here. The impact is far
   better when you don't know what to expect.
   Alien War is planning on putting the attraction also in other parts of the
   world, namely the USA, Japan and Australia. It is uncertain wether this will
   be put through, as Alien War has been taken over by another company some
   time ago, and it's not reached it's full bureaucratic potential yet.
   There will also be an 'official Alien War WWW site' in the near future.
   (may '95)

Q: What is the 'Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright'?
A: It was a ride at Fisherman's Wharf. It was at the TurboRide Simulation 
  Theatre and it was called Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright. These 
  theatres are popping up in a lot of the "touristy" areas around the 
  country, but this was the first one with an Aliens theme I had seen. 
  The premise was that you are accompanying the lone survivor of a 
  mission that encountered Aliens back to the site of their discovery. 
  The seats move on hydraulic lifts to match the video and it gets pretty 
  nauseating from time to time. You fly in a dropship to the surface and 
  then take an APC into the complex. It features a lot of footage from 
  Aliens. The coolest part was a statue of ol' Tingrin right outside the 
  theatre, though. Not a perfect likeness, but good enough to make you 
  squirm. It's the scale that made it cool. It was about 7' tall and 
  whip-thin like the original.


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